Call for wood industry innovators: 40 Under 40 Awards
Woodworking Network has opened the call for nominations in its 2017 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 award program, the second annual effort to recognize superstars in the wood manufacturing industry.
Help us find the individuals in the next generation of people who are destined to make an impact on the wood products manufacturing industry in North America. We are seeking disrupters, innovators, rebels, those who have broken the rules or worked outside of the box to make our industry - or the world - a better place. (Maybe it’s you!) 
This could be someone who’s come up with a killer idea, a project, product, and process, perhaps even incubated a business. Good candidates include anyone who is a superstar in any area relating to wood production: programming, design, marketing, manufacturing, research, etc., and creates a vibe around them that inspires others. It’s someone who is making a special contribution to their organization, or to our industry as a whole, in areas like:
  • Productivity & Profitability
  • Social Good (locally, or globally)
  • Ingenuity & Innovation
  • Peer Inspiration
  • Product Development
  • Organizational Leadership
 Winners will be selected by Woodworking Network’s editorial team. Candidates must be involved in the wood manufacturing industry, and must have been under 40 in 2017. Online, see:
Deadline: May 15, 2017
40 Under 40 Superstars will be honored at the Leadership Forum Reception July 18 at the 2017 AWFS Fair. They will also be featured in the AWFS Show Daily and in the October 2017 FDMC Leadership Issue, and at and its Facebook site. 40 Under 40 Winners will be invited to networking events at other industry conferences. Honorees also receive a free pass to any of three pre-show conferences July 18 at AWFS Fair in Las Vegas, including the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum.
This daylong event is a top-level conference for business owners and senior managers, with emphasis on technology and material trends affecting the design and production of cabinetry, furniture and interior millwork for the next decade. Professor Joe Wheeler will lead off with a presentation on Virginia Tech University’s FutureHAUS manufacturing project. Four case studies – RCS Millwork, North American Plywood, Decore-ative Specialties,  and Timberline Cabinetry & Millwork – will detail joint technology developments between themselves and suppliers to create new processes. Learn more at

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Bill Esler | ConfSenior Editor

Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.